The 5th annual International Fight Week PPV for the Ultimate Fighting Championship may not feature the slew of major superstars or big money main events than they have in the past. What it does feature is depth and intrigue.
For the second straight year, Amanda Nunes will headline the yearly July 4th weekend event, but this time around, she’ll be the last fighter on the card to make that walk to the cage. For the first time since she finished Ronda Rousey in under a minute, Nunes will take center stage when she faces surging Muay Thai specialist Valentina Shevchenko in a rematch of their UFC 196 bout last March. Since that bout, Shevchenko has knocked off former champion Holly Holm and top contender Julianna Pena while Nunes was busy retiring the top two drawing bantamweights in the sport in Rousey and Miesha Tate.
Also on the card, an interim middleweight title will be rewarded to one of the top two contenders for Michael Bisping’s belt when Yoel Romero meets up with Robert Whittaker. Both men are currently riding impressive win streaks — 8 for Romero, 7 for Whittaker — and have combined to knock out 20 men between them. Even though the word interim is attached to this contest, it has the feeling of a legit title fight with the winner likely being the future undisputed champion of the division.
A fantasy matchup for the ages between Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone, a rubber match between heavyweight vetereans Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem and a pivotal lightweight contest between Anthony Pettis and Jim Miller will round out the PPV portion of the event. You can check out the full card as of tonight below. Stay tuned for more UFC 213 coverage and fight breakdowns as the event nears.
UFC 213 ‘Nunes vs. Shevchenko II’
July 8, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
Women’s Bantamweight Title Bout
Amanda Nunes (c) (14-4) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (14-2)
Interim Middleweight Title Bout
Yoel Romero (12-1) vs. Robert Whittaker (18-4)
Robbie Lawler (27-11) vs. Donald Cerrone (32-8)
Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1) vs. Alistair Overeem (42-15)
Anthony Pettis (19-6) vs. Jim Miller (28-9)
Travis Browne (18-6-1) vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk (51-10-1)
Jordan Mein (29-11) vs. Belal Muhammad (11-2)
Chad Laprise (11-2) vs. Brian Camozzi (7-3)
Thiago Santos (14-5) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (26-8)
Douglas Silva da Andrade (24-1) vs. Rob Font (13-2)
Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1) vs. Curtis Blaydes (6-1)
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